Alrighty then. Hey Guys! Soooooooo I'm super backed up on trip reports, I must be hanging out with Bill too much.
The last few days I've been going back through hundreds of photos from this summer and I'm about to unleash the onslaught!
As always I have been spending some of my summer daze in Wildwood, New Jersey, and the weekend after my visit for hangs with Moms I told you about in the last report, I had plans to head back down, this time with the missus to meet up with none other than our pals Bill and Brit for our apparently now-annual Jersey Shore G.T.L. convention. (That's g-forces, tanning and liquor).
Upon leaving Philly for the exotic islands of the Jersey Shore we were joined by some insane looking clouds that I couldn't resist taking some photos of. The forecast was for possible rain but luckily it never materialized into anything.
Smell ya later, Philly.
Heading over the Walt Whitman felt like driving into the heavens.
Over the bridge...
And through the woods...
After an uneventful drive down we met Bill and Brit at my folks house and caught up over some beers on the back porch before we headed over to show them the wonders of Mudhen
, the islands new brewery, where we'd grab a nice laid back lunch. The sun was shining and the boardwalk wasn't going anywhere.
Because I'm a pig, I tried the "Swine Is Fine" burger featuring applewood bacon, pulled pork, bbq bacon, and cheddar on brioche. Delicious.
It's Bill and Brit! Brit is clearly disgusted by my brutally carnivorous selection.
The missus tried their Caesar salad and loved it. I didn't take photos of Bill and Brits food because I'm not a creeper. But Bill did get a flight.
After we ate, drank and got caught up, we settled our tab and with full bellies wandered back to the house to load up on sunscreen and obviously crush a few more beers on the porch, before finally heading up to the boardwalk.
One of my Wild Pass perks is four anytime-use buddy wristbands for $25 each ($35 includes the piers and both waterparks) which I hadn't touched all season, so we stopped at Guest Services on Adventure Pier to see what we could do.
I had called earlier in the week to make sure I could use as many of them at once as I wanted, and the girl behind the counter here confirmed what I had already been told. So for around $75+tax all told we got 4 wristbands. An amazing deal considering they run about $60 a piece without a discount. While in there, we couldn't help but notice on the screen behind the counter that "IT" was listed as closed for the day. No bueno!
Fortunately The Great White was running so we hopped in the front rows and had a nice rollicking ride along the Wildwood beach. Its always a little sluggish earlier in the day but it was a great first ride of our day load. And, as always, the view is incredible.
Otherwise its all upcharges on this pier, so we took a swing on the always phenomenal Screamin' Swing. (protip: this is the only one of the upcharges that is free with wristbands, kids)
While standing under the Screamin' Swing waiting to board you get to watch it almost smash into the nearby SkyScraper. It's neat. From here we jumped in the tram car (also free before 5pm w/ a wristband) to make our way down to the best pier, Surfside.
Watch the tram car, puh-leeze!
We didn't stop at Mariners, we'd plan to hit it on the way back.
After a quick bouncey ride down the boards, we hopped off the tram at 26th Street and headed onto Surfside, immediately coming across Flitzer, and noting the line was non-existent. If we were going to ride we should do it now, since it usually gets and keeps a relatively decent wait on busy summer Saturdays.
Little did we know at the time these would be Bill and Brit's final rides on this zippy little family classic.
That didn't stop Bill from riding like it was his last time. On the real, he rides everything like that. Its infectious.
No trip to Wildwood would be complete without a few rides on their excellent Zoom Phloom.
As if we'd make it through a day at any park anywhere with this junkie and not take in any flume rides.
The sun on this August afternoon was scorching so it was just what the doctor ordered.
We dried off on their excellent Larson tower, Atmosfear.
Even after the retracking, the missus still hates the Great Nor'easter, so she waited for us while the other three of us rode. As has been stated here and elsewhere, its probably the best SLC anywhere now, and the location can't be beat.
We hadn't seen any activity from IT, but of course we had been staling it as we made our way around the pier. What a day for it to be down. We decided the only appropriate action would be to drown our sorrows at our favorite boardwalk bar, Joes Fish Co.
As mentioned in this and the Moreys thread, Joes is a fantastic open air rooftop bar located atop Curleys Fries at the front of, and overlooking, Surfside Pier.
Not only is the view fantastic but the food is above average and the service usually very good. We had some snacks (pretzels, oysters) and a few rounds of drinks while taking in the sights and smells of the pier. Highly recommended if you are in town for rides and want to stop somewhere for a drink or three.
Before we headed south down the boardwalk we stopped downstairs for a few last rides around the pier, first stopping at KONG, their flyers.
Not the best flyers, but their placement elevated above a gift shop makes it a fun ride. Unfortunately the ops frown on any serious snapping.
We had ourselves a ride inside Moreys resident death trap. Always a good time, but no scare actors today.
The sun now setting we headed south to Mariners stopping for some iced Dunkin coffees which the missus and I sat with and enjoyed while Bill and Brit grabbed some credits on the new spinner, Wild Whizzer.
Then we made our way around the pier grabbing rides on the newly revamped Pirates of Wildwood, and a lap on Rollies Coaster, and then popped into the Ghost Ship.
Rollies isn't so bad. It's not great either.
The Ghost Ship, however, is great. I'm not a big haunt person, but Moreys does a really good job with this. There aren't a ton of scare actors but the sets are great and there are a lot of triggered jump scares throughout. And they definitely changed a few rooms since last year. Good stuff.
As always, the wait for The Giant Wheel was predictably long, and though its worth the wait, as the views at night are amazing, we actually had reservations to ride it the following morning. (foreshadowing)
Instead we waited a few cycles and got the ends of their swinging ship, Riptide, and had ourselves a scream war with a bunch of preteens. It was awesome. The last two years Bill & Brit have made their Wildwood pilgrimage, Moreys other wild KMG flat, Maelstrom, has been closed. At this point he's on a mission to ride it, and as luck would have it, it was running. While he rode we grabbed some beers at Moreys new Oktoberfest themed "Wilhelms Beir Garden" located directly under the Sea Serpent.
Maelstrom is basically a claw type thing that spins while turning its riders upside down, downside up and sideways. Its also known as: a flat I won't go anywhere near. Bill seemed to enjoy it, they ran a nice long cycle and he got off ready for more beer and not puking, so... success?
Speaking of Sea Serpent - a 25 minute wait for a boomerang? Haha! With not much else we wanted to ride, we bounced to head back to Surfside for some night rides, realizing on the way we were hungry. The Wildwood boardwalk has an incredible amount of delicious foods from sweet to savory, snacks to full entrees, sit downs and grab and gos... its such a painfully impossible choice... if only we had a go-to that never, ever disappoints.
LMAO did you forget what thread you were in?
At this point in the night I wasn't nearly focused enough to continue taking any sort of quality photos but I do recall that after scarfing down our pizza on a bench across from Macks, we did make it back to Surfside to unfortunately find IT still down for the count, so we did a quick lap around the pier getting a night ride on the flume (where, against our better judgement, all four of us crammed into a log and proceeded to drown), another drop on Atmosfear, and a laugh-filled turn on their Kangabounce, a kiddie flat that is better than it has any right to be.
To end off the night we walked back to the southern end of the boardwalk toward my folks house, stopping at junk shops to browse, and couldn't help but pop down Adventure Pier for one last ride on the Screamin' Swing, and then a midnight back seat ride on The Great White. It was nice and warmed up and really flying. Of course as we exited the pier we stopped for custard from Khor Bros that we finished on the way home. After a long, boozy day we all hit the pillows almost immediately when we got in. All in all a great, relaxed day with awesome friends, and we had plans for more fun in the morning.
The Great White 2x
Zoom Phloom 2x
Screamin Swing 2x
Pirates of Wildwood
Sorry for the lack of photos toward the end of the day, I have more to come. Stay tuned for Breakfast in the Sky, Ocean City featuring Gale Force, Sesame Place and Oscars Wacky Taxi, Roller Coaster Day @ Six Flags Great Adventure, and a whirlwind weekend in Georgia with some wicked Twisted Cyclone action!